Health Consequences

Consequences of Rapid Urbanization

Rapid urbanization worldwide raises new concurrent social, economic, public health, environmental, and health systems challenges, including:

  • Rising prevalence of NCDs (non-communicable diseases) and emerging infectious diseases.
  • Need for improved access to affordable, quality health services.
  • Increased greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, pollution, and poor health.
  • Unsafe housing, transportation, and physical environments.
  • Need for enhanced access to healthy foods, clean water, and sanitation.
  • Vast inequities in opportunities that are compounded by poverty, race, ethnicity, gender, age, migration status, and place of inhabitation.

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The International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) is the only global nonprofit organization working to bring together leaders from across academia, government, philanthropy, the nonprofit, and private sectors to achieve a healthier, more equitable urban future for all people, in all communities, worldwide. Your support helps to sustain ISUH, enabling us to advance our mission to achieve a healthier, more equitable urban future for all.